Eden Hazard takes swipe at Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte as Chelsea star praises Maurizio Sarri approach

By Mirror: Sunday, September 2nd 2018 at 14:39 GMT +3 | Premier League
Eden Hazard celebrates scoring a goal for Chelsea [Courtesy]

Eden Hazard has praised Maurizio Sarri's style of football - and taken aim at predecessors Antonio Conte and Jose Mourinho.

The Belgian scored Chelsea's second goal against Bournemouth as they made it four wins out of four at the start of the season.

Hazard was expected to leave Stamford Bridge for Real Madrid this summer but the move failed to materialise.

But he is enjoying his football under Sarri and says the Italian's approach is getting the best out of him.

Hazard was expected to leave Stamford Bridge for Real Madrid this summer but the move failed to materialise [Courtesy]

"I like to have the ball. Not in my own half, but in the last 30 metres," Hazard told Chelsea TV.

"I like this type of game. It's completely different than Antonio Conte or (Jose) Mourinho before.

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"We have more ball so for me it's not bad."

Hazard's contract expires in 2020 and the offer of an extension has not been taken up so far, but he is showing no signs of unhappiness.

Hazard was a substitute in Chelsea's first two matches of the season, but was instrumental in the win over Arsenal and then started and scored against Newcastle and the Cherries.

He understood his slow reintroduction to club football and appears happy just to wait and see on his long-term future.

Asked how he is, Hazard said: "Good. You can see on the pitch. Let's see the future."

The arrivals of Jorginho, who followed Sarri from Napoli, and Mateo Kovacic, on loan from Real Madrid, have given Chelsea a different dimension, Hazard says.

Hazard added: "It's not so different (from the past). The big difference is we bring two players - Jorginho and (Mateo) Kovacic - and they are completely different.

"We just try to keep the ball more often and then when we have a chance to score, we need to score.

"But when we have more ball we can be more dangerous.

"We're playing good football, so we enjoy. I want to keep this momentum."

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